London Mayor Urges UK PM to Scrap Trump State Visit, ‘We’re Not Kids in a Playground’
Trump’s State visit to UK could be cancelled
Tension are mounting between U.S. President Donald Trump and London mayor Sadiq Khan, as Khan hits back at Trump. After a series of offensive tweets in which President Trump attacked Khan’s response to the latest terror attacks in London, Mr. Khan has asked the British government to cancel the planned State visit of Donald Trump to the country.
In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News, London Mayor said:
“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for. When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
Sadiq Khan’s response came after Trump criticised Khan and his comments following the attacks in London last weekend and then called his lack of response to Trump’s childish and ignorants tweets (by saying he had “more important things to do“) as “pathetic”. So far, however, UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to comment on Trump’s tweets though she has praised Khan’s performance. As told by The Guardian, May said:
“Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else – he’s doing a good job.”
But others in the British government have also supported Khan’s demand. According to Independent, Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said:
“In the wake of three recent terrorist attacks, two of which killed people on the streets of London, Donald Trump decides to use his time in the Oval Office to attack the Mayor of London over Twitter. Sadiq Khan has shown dignity and leadership. Theresa May absolutely must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning.”
While others were more blunt:
You are truly beneath contempt. You are just a troll. Show some bottle please PM. Cancel the state visit and tell Trump where to get off. https://t.co/8gyqbHt0rM
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 5, 2017
This is not the first time Khan has tried to stop Trump’s visit. In the weeks following the announcement of his visit in January, Khan himself expressed his discontent because of Trump’s travel ban; in fact, an online petition received almost 2 million signatures calling for Trump’s visit to be cancelled. Yet, this time is not a matter of agreeing or not with Trump’s racist bigotry. Trump’s latest international fight has turn into promoting his bigotry at the expense of directly attacking a mourning nation facing difficult times, in which no matter what, support from your closest ally is expected and any personal fight should be saved for later.
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